NASL Spring Week 5 Match-ups

12970302_10154247167656091_1053037460_oOutside of the Cosmos game on Sunday, there are 3 other matches this weekend that will help shape the spring table.

Ottawa Fury vs Miami FC – TD Place

Imagine this, we are in Week 4 and the Ottawa Fury are about to play their first home game and, honestly, it could not come at a better time. Ottawa is coming off a tough 2-0 loss in the Canadian Derby and have yet to play consistently under new manager Paul Dalglish. A game against an expansion side might be just what the doctor ordered. Ottawa needs to get a win this week as next week they host Minnesota in a rematch of last years semifinal and then the schedule gets congested with the Canadian Championship matches getting under way. Ottawa needs to win this game.

For Miami, things have not been awful and they should feel robbed after a very poor penalty call went against them last week against Rayo OKC. If Dario Cvitanich can recover from the knock suffered in his last game, Miami will feel they have a shot to steal a result on the road.


Ft. Lauderdale Strikers vs Tampa Bay Rowdies – Lockhart Stadium

It has been a very rough start for Ft. Lauderdale as the team has yet to find good form and their best player from 2015, PC, has yet to hit stride. Coming off a home draw vs Jacksonville, the Strikers will host long time rival Tampa Bay in yet another Florida Derby. The Strikers need to start getting a rhythm going and hope it starts to attract fans as last weeks attendance of just over a thousand was nothing to be excited about.

Tampa is coming off a loss at home to the red hot Carolina RailHawks. Tampa will feel a bit bitter as losing at home is never an easy thing to swallow. Heinemann will be looking to get back on the score sheet as he was shut out last week. 28 year old midfielder Eric Avila has been a great signing and will look to continue a strong start vs a disorganized Strikers team. Look for the trend of physical games to continue with the Strikers in this big derby.


Rayo OKC vs Indy Eleven – Miller Stadium

A favorable call handed Rayo OKC their first ever win as an organization and Alen Marcina will be looking for his team to utilize the momentum gained in that win as they have a home game. Rayo has talent going forward and we started to see better performances by Robbie Findley and Billy Forbes last week. This team is nothing to sleep on and, at home, could very well see its second straight win.

Indy had a bye last weekend and it really was at an inopportune time. The last time we saw Indy in action it was watching Eamon Zayed putting in a 96th minute goal in a thrilling comeback against the Cosmos. Indy would love to keep that momentum going but a week off could be a bit of a curse as that win seems a long time ago. Coach Hankinson will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to see a second straight win.




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